When a person thinks about contract disputes, he or she probably thinks about builders who don't meet the needs of a homeowner or a city that doesn't like the work going on in a neighborhood. There are many kinds of contract disputes that can affect people, though, like this case brings up.
In the United States, there is a law in place to protect migrant children, whether or not they're legally in the country. These children are entitled to legal services. Interestingly, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants was awarded a contract to help with this need. Unfortunately, the committee went on to consider subcontracting the job with a firm that actually had zero attorneys working for it.
These children need legal aid during their cases. If paperwork isn't filed correctly, they can be deported. There are many efforts in place to keep these children in the country and to fight deportation, but the conflict here is that the children aren't given access to the help they would need to prevent deportation in the first place.
In October, November and December 2015, around 17,500 minors were found traveling without their parents in the United States. They crossed the border, which means they need to go before a judge before they can be deported. The legal obligation of the law is to provide these children with legal aid to help them stay here as refugees or to explain their presence; by providing a contract to a firm without attorneys, there's no way for a child to get the help he or she needs to stay in the country.
Contract disputes can cover any number of topics, depending on the types of businesses involved. A lawyer will ensure that his or her client's rights and interests are protected while seeking a positive outcome in the case.
Source: Huffpost Politics, "Bizarre Contract Dispute Putting Thousands Of Migrant Children At Risk," Ryan Grim, Jan. 20, 2016